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Traffic accident, weather problems cause Mon-Yough roads to close

| Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, 3:51 a.m.
Patrick Cloonan | Trib Total Media
A Jefferson Hills police officer watches as a Nickolich Towing truck is lined up behind a car damaged in a midday crash with a tractor-trailer on Wednesday on Route 837 near New England and Coal Valley roads in West Mifflin. There were no serious injuries reported but two of three occupants in the car complained of chest and other pains.

A traffic accident and weather problems tied up a number of Mon-Yough area roads on Wednesday.

Shortly before noon a car collided with a tractor-trailer along Route 837 near the juncture with New England and Coal Hollow roads in West Mifflin.

Police said there were no serious injuries in the crash, which occurred under a railroad overpass near the Valley Hotel. Police and emergency crews from West Mifflin, Pleasant Hills and Jefferson Hills were called to the scene.

The intersection was closed to clean up the accident scene, resulting in backups between Lebanon School Road and the Clairton-Glassport Bridge. For a time, the backup for southbound traffic on Route 837 extended toward the W.D. Mansfield Memorial Bridge in Dravosburg.

One possible alternative route, Curry Hollow Road, was closed to motorists because of a collapsed 60-inch corrugated metal culvert.

The crash came as an underpass was being reopened five miles away under the Duquesne-McKeesport Bridge. Allegheny County officials said the underpass was flooded for about two hours.

According to the National Weather Service at Allegheny County Airport, a quarter-inch of rain fell in three pre-dawn hours on Wednesday, then another two-tenths of an inch fell between 9 and 11 a.m.

Other problems were reported briefly at West Fifth Avenue and Rebecca Street in McKeesport's Tenth Ward because of drainage.

In nearby areas flooding was reported for several hours on Streets Run Road in Baldwin near the Pittsburgh city line.

Other storm-related problems included power outages for several hundred Duquesne Light customers in the Braddock Hills and Forest Hills areas.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

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